Not a great week for geniuses of 20th century music
obviously. After Dave Brubeck the maestro of Indian music
Ravi Shankar passed away. His influence on western music
is undoubtedly and we're not only talking George Harrison
or his famous band here. During post-war there was a lot
of interest in Indian music from different corners. Be it
classic, jazz or rock a lot of musicians faced east, not
only for musical but also for spirtual search.
There's a lot said about this man and to me he sometimes
seemed not of this earth. Althought I don't think that we
truely can understand the full potential or meaning of
Indian music outside the subcontinent Shankar stands out
in the ranks of people like Charlie Parker, Chick Corea,
John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Keith Jarrett to name only the
jazz side of things. Really big shoes to fill for his
daughters Norah and Anoushka.